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Depoali Middle School student wins Fire Prevention Week Poster Contest

Post Date:10/18/2017 10:34 AM

The Reno Fire Department is proud to announce that the Middle School first-place winner of the 2017 Nevada Fire Prevention Week Poster Contest is Chase Carpenter of Depoali Middle School in Reno. Carpenter is one of three students in Nevada who will have his winning artwork published and distributed by the State of Nevada and displayed on billboards across the Silver State.

Nevada State Fire Marshal Bart Chambers, Reno Fire Marshal Tray Palmer, Vice President of the Fire Prevention Association of Northern Nevada Sylvia Lee and Jeff Donahue of the National Fire Protection Association will present Carpenter with his award at Depoali Middle School on Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 11:15 a.m.

The poster contest was a part of this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign. The Fire Prevention Week and Poster Contest themes were “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!”

First-place winners were selected from three grade school categories. Angelina Valdez of Pahrump won the 5th and 6th Grade category; Chase Carpenter from Reno won the Middle School category; and Ashley Figueroa from Carson City won the High School category. Each winner will have their posters placed on billboards in the Elko, Reno/Sparks, Carson City and Las Vegas areas and be recognized by the Nevada State Fire Marshal, the Fire Prevention Association of Nevada, the National Fire Protection Association and the Nevada Governor’s Office.

For more information on the contest, visit
Fire Prevention Month
October 2017 is also Fire Prevention Month in the City of Reno. In a fire, seconds count. Seconds can mean the difference between residents of our community escaping safely from a fire or having their lives end in tragedy. The Reno Fire Department suggests that every area resident do the following:
  • Draw a map of your home with all members of your household, marking two exits from each room and a path to the outside from each exit.
  • Check your smoke alarms and make sure they are working properly.
  • Practice your home fire drill twice a year. Conduct one at night and one during the day with everyone in your home, and practice using different ways out.
  • Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can’t help them.
  • Make sure the number of your home is clearly marked and easy for the fire department to find.
  • Close doors behind you as you leave. This may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire.
  • Once you get outside, stay outside. Never go back inside a burning building.
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